Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Card Fun

Happy almost Halloween. I love holidays! I know lots of people say some of them were invented to just get people to buy stuff, and I am OK with that. We can buy or not buy. But what I like is that it reminds me to let family and friends know that I'm thinking of them. An upcoming holiday gets me motivated to make and send some cards! So here we go with the Halloween edition. Enjoy!

So I started a bit ago with my parquet (I know I'm stuck on this technique, but we're gonna just keep going with it) cards. It's such a cool way to use lots of fun designer series paper. These are cards for my college students and adult friends. The stamps are from the Cheer All Year set.

Here's a close up of some of the seriously cute and spooky DSP. The card base colors reminded me of candy corn, so I had to eat some.

Here's what I came up with on round two. The cute little vampire from the Haunt Ya Later stamp set made an appearance.

For all my littles, I went to town coloring the images from that stamp set. I've seen a lot of recent articles about how coloring is great for adults, playing with your stamps and stamp and write markers is even more fun than adult coloring books, I think.

I stamped the images in black Stazon ink and just had fun coloring.

Here is my group of happy witch cards:

I mean, really! So cute and easy and I'm pretty sure my little niece's will be super happy to get these cards in the mail. For my nephews, I colored up a few vampier boys.

Isn't he cute peeking in the window!?! Here are a few more fun cards:

And just for fun, here's a picture of all the cards I made!

When thinking about getting the cards ready to mail, I thought I should stamp something cute on the envelope. I was going to go with the spider stamp from Cheer All Year, but then I didn't want to scare or startle postal workers and friends all over the country, so I used the owl stamp from Among the Branches instead!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I have inspired you to make a card or two and send it out.
Stay Crafty!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bundles of Spooky, Remarkable Blog Hop

The Remarkables keep on blog hopping! And we are sticking with our theme of bundles, showing you awesome ideas, using tools that work great together, and that save you a little bit of cash. I mean that's awesome, right?

I like to send seasonal cards to all my "littles" so let's get to work on some Halloween cards! I really do like Halloween, the orange and black, the cats, the witch's hats, the owls and spooky trees. The candy corn and pumpkin everything! But I do tend to like my Halloween a bit more on the cute side than the spooky side.

As you may know(check out my last blog post), I am currently loving the parquet technique with all of Stampin' Up's wonderful DSP. So I decided to start there with the Happy Haunting DSP. I cut a bunch of it into 3/4" wide pieces. This is my table at the beginning, it certainly looks Halloweeny!

And here's my table after a few minutes of fun.

Wait, you say, what does this have to do with Bundles? I know, this is all really cool and looks like it should be a bundle, but the feature (mostly, I'll admit all sorts of awesome Stampin' Up! product started showing up) of my blog post is the bundle of the Happy Scenes stamp set with the Hearth and Home thinlits. This set has a really cool window frame, which you can see on the right side of the above picture, and will now see here in my first card.

Isn't this cute? A fun mixed up backdrop, a crooked window and spider webs!
And what could be better than all that? Why cats of course! There's another awesome bundle in the catalog which has the Festive Fireplace stamp set with the Festive Fireside Framelits which has a cat. And cats and windows often go together, so I just had to use that one too!

And better than one cat? Why three of course!

I got fancy here, cutting the edges off the window frame, flipping it on it's side and adding the window box/ledge. And I'm still having fun with my parquet technique backgrounds.
Here's all three cards together.

And just for fun, here's the window die, with someone looking in!

Seriously! I think that is the cutest thing ever! The little vampire and the cute little cat are from the Haunt You Later stamp set. The greeting is from the Cheer All Year stamp set, the set has images and greetings for Halloween, Fall, and Christmas. Which is the same deal with the Happy Scenes stamp set. If you don't like spiders, or want more options, there are cute Fall and Winter scenes.

So, I hope you had a bundle of spooky fun here on the crafty yogi blog.
Stay Crafty!

For more inspiration, 

Or, check out the whole blog tour with the links listed below:

Nancy Amato -

Melissa Bolinger - remarkable-blog-tour-holiday-bundles.html

Tamra Davis - 

Arden Dougan -

Tracie Langley -

Anne Matasci -

Heather Mathieson -

Ann Monhollen -

Audra Monk -

Maria Pane -

Michele Reynolds -

Pam Staples - 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Christmas Cards Continue

Hi Crafters!

I'm excited! For all sorts of reasons. I'm having a Christmas Card Stamp A Stack class this Sunday. People are scheduled to come and what was going to be really bad weather, (possible hurricane landing nearish to us, lots of rain and wind were predicted) should now just be an ordinary rainy day inconvenience. I'm happy with all my card designs (some of them have been on this blog already, so look back for more info) and I finally got around to making another video.

Doesn't that look like a nice pile of cards?

Before I show you the video, I want to give you a little more info about the All is Calm, All is Bright card. In the current Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, there's a suite of products called Winter Wonderland.  I thought the Wonderland stamp set was beautiful. I love trees! For the card, I basically copied the idea from the catalog. But I saw on a crafty site I follow on Facebook a neat idea of lightly sponging a bit of color behind the trees. I gave it a quick try and I love how it came out!

I used Old Olive very lightly for my sponging. I used Mossy Meadow for stamping the trees, I stamped them once fully inked and then a second time, moving the stamp over a bit to give it that dimensional look. The snowflakes are stamped in Soft Sky.

Ok, next up is my video! Just a warning, this is real life crafting at it's best. My table is messy, my big head occasionally gets in the way, but I think you'll learn the technique and that's the important part.

I hope you enjoyed the bit of fun I shared today.
Stay Crafty!